Madam Esther Akpe, mother of the Leader of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Peter Akpe, has been kidnapped.
The 59-year-old was said to have been snatched on Tuesday at 9pm by armed men, who invaded her home at Ebedebiri in Sagbama Local Government.
The abduction is coming on the heels of Governor Seriake Dickson’s warning that he would sign the death warrant of convicted abductors. Dickson’s position came few hours after the abduction of Festus and Ebiye Ebegu, the parents of Ogbia Local Government Area Chairman, Richard, from their Oloibiri country home. The kidnappers were said to have stormed the community in a speedboat.
They were said to have fired sporadically into the air to scare away the people. A source said: “The woman was sitting outside and was about to go into her house when she heard gunshots. “She was grabbed by her captors who dragged her into their waiting speedboat. “The abductors were about five and armed. They took her away into their speedboat and headed towards Bomadi in Delta State.” Her son, Akpe, confirmed the incident but said the kidnappers have not contacted the family.
The atmosphere at the Assembly was gloomy as plenary was postponed. Sympathisers, including lawmakers and staff, gathered to discuss the incident.
Police spokesman Fidelis Odunna confirmed the incident. “Our men are on their trail,” Odunna said.